MERI Hosts Rutgers Future Scholars Summer Workshop

The Rutgers Future Scholars program introduces first-generation, low income, and academically talented middle school students from our four Rutgers home communities (New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, and Camden) to the promise and opportunities of a college education. Participants in the summer before they enter the eighth grade will become part of a unique pre-college culture of university programming, events, support, and mentoring that will continue through their high school years. Students who successfully complete the pre-college initiative  and are admitted to Rutgers will receive a sholarship covering the cost of their tuition for four years funded through a range of grants and donations.

The Rutgers Future Scholars spent the day at MERI’s boat marina in Carlstadt, where they got out on the Hackensack River and learned how to canoe in pairs. The scholars learned teamwork and coordination while enjoying the wildlife and water. While one group canoed, other scholars sat on the docks and painted the scenery of the river. The workshop was a nice combination of team building, creativity, and education.